Thursday, June 30

This is Supercool!



With Google Earth you can view anyplace on earth on your PC!
* The First image is of the KL International Airport in Sepang. And to the right of the image is the Sepang F1 Circuit. The circuit is in the shape of a Hibiscuis flower.
*The Second picture is of my hometown Sungai Petani.
* Just about every tech/ info blog i've visited in the past week have been talking about Google Earth!

Wednesday, June 29

War of the Worlds

War of th4 Worlds


This is definitly the best movie of the summer/ year! Went to the world premier yesterday in KL. Technically, we(Asian countries) get to watch the movie earlier that anyone else in the world. This is in part to beat those idiotic movie pirates.

I wont do a review of this movie either, but so far, comparing WotW with other summer 2005 movies such as Batman and Star Wars, I think this movie has the depth, elements and stayed true to the SF genre. While it doesn't follow exactly what was written by Wells more than 100 years back, this movie takes you on a ride not with the typically Hollywood explosives and muscle-power but with enough fear and shock elements that makes you want to watch it again and again (and still be scared everytime). You will feel like your there in the movie, running with all those refugees. And you will definitely feel the frustration and tension that was felt by Cruise's character. A must watch, thanks to the genius direction of Steven Spielberg, and his superb film making team of Janusz Kaminski (director of photography), editor Michael Kahn, composer John Williams, writer David Koepp and production designer Rick Carter (get the full list at the official site)

Now for abit of history. The War of the Worlds was written by Herbert George Wells (HG Wells) in 1898. Consider as one of the most important science fiction works of all time, this book defined the alien invasion scenario for years to come. Read the full history of the story, films and TV series along the years, and future projects at this site: War of the Worlds (the historical perspective), this is a must surf site for all SF and movie buffs.
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Times End

Look everywhere and you find nothing
look inside you and you find a spirit
a spirit who crosses time and space
he who saw the creation of many worlds
as he stood outside the big bang
watching the universe forged
And finally a structure majestic

But its a creation immaterial
time moving fast into manifolds
so again we forage and search
but now we find nothing
because we have seen everything
the spirit inside us ancient
finally we dont have to search anymore
we are at times end.

-Gp 2005-


* another SF poetry.

*paying tribute to the british SF writer; Stephen Baxter

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Scriptures of Life, Chapter 1

Of Life

Along the trails of time,
Among flesh and blood,
Appear divine sparks of life,
And new souls unfold.

Of Living

You and I in the cold,
Impatient through the years,
All along the world muted,
There we were spotting stars.

Of Love

Sometimes in the evening,
During those warm years,
We crossed path dreaming,
Unknowingly finding tears.

Of Death

Walking along paths and valleys,
Clinging anxiously to destiny,
One part of soul willingly flies,
To the courtroom of Gods for eternity.

-Gp 2005-

* Painting a general picture of the scenes of life. Chapter 1 of this series features Life, Living, Love and Death.
* The first scripture; Of Life, describes souls/ humans being born into the world, all the time through the magical touches of God. The 2nd scripture; Of Living, pictures the challenges of growing up, exploring and living while the earth stands still for the human lifetime is insignificant in cosmic terms.
* The 3rd scripture; Of Love, tells the story of falling in love and finding the soul mate in between sadness and happiness. The final chapter; Of Death, tells of the time we have to depart the world to answer the Gods.

Friday, June 24

Sub Silentio Musica Nata Est

About a year ago, my mentor Fred Lessing from Sintra, Portugal suggested that some of my poems be made into songs based on the progressive rock genre. The project is named The Ghost Particle Project and gathered great musicians from Europe and North America.

So far, The Ghost Particle Project comprises a total seven songs. Future songs might follow at a later stage, and initial plans are being made to release the project on CD, with international distribution by PROGCDS.com

All songs are for FREE, and two are already available on the Daymoon server. I encourage you to download and listen to the songs. Please spread the word and do inform me or the Daymoon site if there are any radio stations out there that would like to play free songs on air either as a webcast or on regular radio.

The two songs are DECEMBER FIREFLIES composed and performed by the group Daymoon, and LOVE LETTER EXPIRED composed and performed by Hugo Flores of Sonic Pulsar.

The original poems can be found here; December Fireflies and Love Letter Expired.

*Sub Silentio Musica Nata Est is Latin for 'In silence music is born'.

Wednesday, June 22

Mandalay

by Rudyard Kipling

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' lazy at the sea,
There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;
For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say;
"Come you back, you British Soldier; come you back to Mandalay!"
Come you back to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay;
Can't you 'ear their paddles clunkin' from Rangoon to Mandalay?
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin'-fishes play,
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!

'Er petticoat was yaller an' 'er little cap was green,
An' 'er name was Supi-Yaw-Lat jes' the same as Theebaw's Queen,
An' I seed her first a-smokin' of a whackin' white cheroot,
An' wastin' Christian kisses on an 'eathen idol's foot:
Bloomin' idol made o' mud--
Wot they called the Great Gawd Budd--
Plucky lot she cared for idols when I kissed 'er where she stud!
On the road to Mandalay ...

When the mist was on the rice-fields an' the sun was droppin' slow,
She'd git 'er little banjo an' she'd sing "Kulla-la-lo!"
With 'er arm upon my shoulder an' 'er cheek again my cheek
We useter watch the steamers an' the hathis pilin' teak.
Elephants a-piling teak
In the sludgy, squdgy creek,
Where the silence 'ung that 'eavy you was 'arf afraid to speak!
On the road to Mandalay ...

But that's all shove be'ind me -- long ago and fur away,
An' there ain't no 'buses runnin' from the Bank to Mandalay;
An' I'm learnin' 'ere in London what the ten-year soldier tells:
"If you've 'eard the East a-callin', you won't never 'eed naught else."
No! you won't 'eed nothin' else
But them spicy garlic smells,
An' the sunshine an' the palm-trees an' the tinkly temple-bells;
On the road to Mandalay ...

I am sick 'o wastin' leather on these gritty pavin'-stones,
An' the blasted English drizzle wakes the fever in my bones;
Tho' I walks with fifty 'ousemaids outer Chelsea to the Strand,
An' they talks a lot o' lovin', but wot do they understand?
Beefy face an' grubby 'and--
Law! wot do they understand?
I've a neater, sweeter maiden in a cleaner, greener land!
On the road to Mandalay . . .

Ship me somewheres east of Suez, where the best is like the worst,
Where there ain't no Ten Commandments an' a man can raise a thirst;
For the temple-bells are callin', and it's there that I would be--
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, looking lazy at the sea;
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay,
With our sick beneath the awnings when we went to Mandalay!
O the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin'-fishes play,
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!

*Mandalay is a beautiful poem by Rudyard Kipling.

*Mandalay also reminds me of an Amitav Ghosh masterpiece "The Glass Palace". A superb book set in Burma , India and Malaya (now Malaysia). It even has chapters on my hometown of Sungai Petani( Sp)! And Amitav himself (might) have came to Sp to do some research. Im still looking to buy this book, read it at the library last time, want to read it again. Read the review.

*havent posted anything for a long time, been travelling, busy, things are happening beyond
control. Will be back soon with something different, set up my website and do some serious 'interneting'.

-Gp 2005-

Monday, June 6

In hell, it's cold

A stone sculpture, I stood there,
studying the columns of light,
trough the small grilled window,
some far feet’s high above me,
After a while, the moon slowly emerged,
and the rays of light intensified,
I still don’t move, rooted there,
still in time less than hours,
cold wind spiced with warm air,
and in a while, rain,
soft drizzle at first,
then in time still, stronger
heavier rain, now the moon no more,
and all this from far away,
I cant feel, still I’m rooted,
lazy, depressed not moving.


-Gp 2005- 06/06/05

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And finally, I had some internet time, so I went surfing (after deleting about 500+ mails in my 4 email adds...)

I came to these sites:

http://www.thotatharani.com/ This is the website of Padmashree Thota Tharani, arguably the best ever art director in Tamil/ Indian Cinema. Great Website.

http://www.santoshsivan.com/ Santosh Sivan is a cinematographer another heavyweight in the field. A cool website.

http://www.sabucyril.com/ Sabu Cyril is another force in artdirection on par with the above legends and has given some memorable sets/ arts for hit movies including the latest Anniyan.

Wednesday, June 1

Found the mountain...

The reality is, there may not ever be a mountain top cafe anywhere in the world. And maybe Fred is right, I'm too romantic in what I want in life. But I did find a mountain somewhere in Peru...

Mountain

now where is the cafe?!

Thanx for Maran and Deepak for buzzing me. Ill return soon, just have to work out a few things.

Hugs,

-Gp 2005-

when

it rains around the world sleep welcomes the dream, and  enigmatic souls awaken along the eternal shores of destiny